First and foremost, I'm a journalist. I throughly enjoy consuming news and information and helping to inform people around me.
Professionally, I work as a web content admin for major projects at the Houston Independent School District.
Prior to that, I was the engagement editor for NOWCastSA, a nonprofit community news website in San Antonio, Texas (my adopted hometown). In addition to creating original content for NOWCastSA, my role was to serve as the site's main social media staffer and to serve as a liaison to the community at large. I worked to get our content in front of as many people as possible and speak to the public about our work.
Before that, I was the news lead as a producer for SeattleTimes.com, where we did some amazing work. While at SeattleTimes.com, the team won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting and was recognized as the Innovator of the Year by the Associated Press Managing Editors, among other awards. Here's the Lakewood Shooting coverage online exhibits for which we won the Pulitzer.
I have also worked at KSAT.com as its news editor and worked as a reporter for multiple newspapers.
I've been a guest instructor for the Knight Digital Media Center at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and was a fellow at the KDMC's News Entrepreneur Boot Camp at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. As a freelance writer or staff reporter, I've had my work published in multiple publications. I've also written about the news industry, digital news gathering and other subjects for multiple websites.
Hell, I almost don't know how to do anything else but be a journalist. Professionally, I've worked online and in newspapers. Even did some TV news producing and reporting in high school and college. And yes, there's evidence of my TV work; no, I won't show you. Maybe.
One of my prouder accomplishments has been TheBMPR (which stands for Business, Media and Public Relations). TheBMPR is a completely open community focusing on social media and other technologies and its adaptation for use in those industries and more. I'm a co-founder of the group and still very active in its ongoing work. We pick a topic we'd like to know more about and find the best people in and around San Antonio to give us their knowledge. It's completely volunteer work, but I love it so much. The people I've met working on TheBMPR and stuff I've learned have been priceless.
If you've read this far, I'll have to show you my college TV work, courtesy of my buddy Dale, who dug it out of the archives as one of his last duties as a graduate student. A review of my TV work is below.
- "I've never heard a happier-sounding murder-for-hire story in my life." - Jim Bob Breazeale.
So this is who I am. I will die a journalist. But frankly, I just want to help tell great stories and find better ways of telling them.